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Browns Could Be NFL Prime Time Darlings In 2019

“Deitsch talked to producers of both ESPN’s Monday Night Football and NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week, and both expect to spend at least one weekend in Cleveland this season.”

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Richard Deitsch of The Athletic started this week’s “Media Circus” column by highlighting just how long it has been since the Cleveland Browns were on prime time television in the NFL’s regular season.

The team’s last Monday night game was in 2015. Its last Sunday night game came two months before the 2008 presidential election.

Deitsch talked to producers of both ESPN’s Monday Night Football and NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week, and both expect to spend at least one weekend in Cleveland this season.

“They had a very strong end to the season and what appears to be a top-flight quarterback who also comes with a very big personality and a confidence or cockiness. He can play and he likes to back it up with proclamations so he is interesting,” said Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli. “They have a good defense and by adding Odell Beckham, they have added in my opinion one of the top 10 players in the league who also comes with a little circus. They are kind of a team made for prime time.”

ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, Burke Mangus is a little more blunt with his wishes. “We’ve been on the Browns for multiple appearances on Monday Night Football for months.”

Cleveland’s 2018 schedule will see matchups against the entire AFC East and NFC West in addition to its division rivals. The Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans will also be on the schedule.

It’s easy to imagine an “old guard vs. new blood” matchup with the Patriots making its way to prime time TV. The same could be true of the game against the Arizona Cardinals if that team uses the first pick on Kyler Murray, who took over as the starting QB at the University of Oklahoma after Baker Mayfield was drafted by the Browns in 2018.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBC Olympics Logo and photos of Cara Banks, Laura Britt, Trenni Casey, Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno, and Kathryn Tappen

NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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